Nov 26, 2012; Oklahoma City, OK, USA; Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russelll Westbrook (0) is congratulated by Thunder forward Kevin Durant (35) after a play against the Charlotte Bobcats during the second half at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Mandatory Credit: Mark D. Smith-USA TODAY Sports

OKC Thunder (45-16) vs. Charlotte Bobcats (13-48) Preview


The Oklahoma City Thunder will wrap up their season series with the Charlotte Bobcats tonight at 7 p.m. EST in Charlotte.

The Thunder destroyed the Bobcats the first time they played this season back on Nov. 26. OKC won 114-69 and led by 40 at halftime.

That game was really too crazy to try and take anything away from for this matchup. What we know is very clear and that is that the Thunder are on a completely different level than the Bobcats.

At this point in the season, OKC should dispose of Charlotte pretty quickly. The Thunder are playing a back-to-back, coming off a 95-94 win over the New York Knicks last night, but should still come out of the gates strong.

Russell Westbrook has been leading that charge lately as he leads the league in first quarter points per game since the All-Star Break. He had 15 of his 21 in the first quarter last night.

Kevin Durant scored 34 points in the Thunder’s win last night including the two game-winning free throws with a minute and a half left.

The Thunder have won six of their last seven games while the Bobcats have lost nine of their last 10.

One bright spot for the Bobcats lately has been rookie Michael Kidd-Gilchrist who has scored 17 points in each of his last two games on 16-of-24 shooting.

As long as the Thunder execute and knock down the open shots that they know they are going to get, they should have no problem winning tonight and allowing their starters to rest for the fourth quarter in the process.

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